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120 • RV PRO • March 2019 rv-pro.com Distributor Show Coverage A F T E R M A R K E T Weigh Safe Weighing Ball Mount Hitch Lindon, Utah-based Weigh Safe could easily become a boon to every would-be RVer out there too trepidatious to tow a trailer. Passing by overturned trailers on the side of the road, RVers quickly realize they are the lucky ones. Miscalculating tongue weight, or naively ignoring it, can be life-threatening. Too much tongue weight on a hitch can lead to trailer sway, add wear and tear to tires, or lead to jackknifing on the road, causing the vehicle to sag, headlights in the air. That's where a simple innovation like the Steel Weigh-Safe with adjustable ball mount comes in. By adding a scale to the hitch, users don't have to ballpark the tongue weight. Loads can be accurately measured to obtain 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight, according to the company. "About 80 percent of all trailer-related incidents account for improperly loaded trailers," says Kyle Johnson, director of sales. "The most experienced towers will come up thinking they know what they're doing, and once they load a Weigh-Safe, they realize that they're actually a little bit off – a little bit too much tongue weight." How it works is beneath the removable tow ball is a piston on top of a hydraulic bed of oil. Once a coupler is put onto the ball, the tongue weight presses down on the ball and piston. Pressurized, the readout is shown on the scale that's built into the hitch. Thus, no more guessing. Other features include a double-pin lock and key. Available as an option is a metallic "clamshell" adapter that fits around the tow ball magnetically, converting it from 2 inches to 2-5/16th of an inch. The dose of inspiration for engineering the hitch came when Weigh Safe founder Kevin McAllister had experienced a close call himself while navigating Utah canyons. "One day, towing a truck, (McAllister) got up to about 40 to 45 miles per hour and that trailer started swinging, started moving," Johnson says. "Luckily, he knew not to slam on his brakes because if you do that that's when your trailer rolls and it can be very dangerous. He just let off the gas and eventually slowed down." Shortly after, McAllister crafted a simple design twist that reinvents a basic necessity. What impressed RV PRO: Consumers spend thousands of dollars on trailers – purchases that can be undone so easily by excessive or insufficient gross weight. The recently released steel Weigh-Safe, which has an MSRP of $299, is designed to ensure that drivers have the appropriate gross trailer weight, allowing for better vehicular performance when taking curves or braking – little steps that can be life-saving. Miscalculating trailer tongue weight can be life-threatening. With the Steel Weigh-Safe with adjustable ball mount, which includes a built- in scale, users don't have to ballpark the tongue weight. Loads can be accurately measured to obtain 10 to 15 percent of the gross trailer weight, according to the company.

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